In cases of domestic violence, whether are the victim or the person accused, your legal rights must be protected. Alexandra Rigden has significant experience representing both victims of domestic violence, and those alleged to have committed it. Experience representing both sides of these types of cases is invaluable.
We are proud to serve Burlington County, Camden County, Gloucester County, Mercer County, Ocean County, Atlantic County, Cape May County, Salem County, and Cumberland County, New Jersey.
Domestic Violence Cases in New Jersey
Domestic violence in New Jersey includes harassment, assault, cyber harassment, false imprisonment, criminal mischief, sexual assault, assault, terroristic threats, and other offenses. A person may qualify for protection under the Prevention of Domestic Violence Act if:
- Both parties are over 18;
- The parties had a dating relationship;
- The parties were or are married;
- The parties are current or former household members;
- The parties are co-parents or expectant parents.
If you are a victim of or have been accused of domestic violence, the right legal representation is crucial to protect your safety and rights.
Below, we’ll go over two essential factors to consider with New Jersey domestic violence cases:
Prevention of Domestic Violence Act
As per the Prevention of Domestic Violence Act (PDVA) of 1991, New Jersey victims of domestic violence are able to obtain a temporary restraining order (TRO) for 10 days. Sometimes, that timeframe is relaxed as circumstances require. This is meant to cover the time between the accusation and the court date, so both parties may prepare their evidence.
The PDVA details the following offenses that can be considered domestic violence, including but not limited to:
- False imprisonment
- Sexual assault
- Terroristic threats
- Criminal Mischief
- Cyber harassment
A temporary restraining order is put in place until the court can hear a domestic violence case. The court will have to decide whether to issue a final restraining order. In New Jersey, final restraining orders are presumed to be permanent.
If a defendant has a final restraining order against them, the consequences can be severe, such as job loss. Some courts may issue penalties, such as anger management classes or court-ordered fees paid to the victim.
Consult With an Experienced Attorney
Domestic violence is a serious accusation and should be handled with compassionate, experienced legal counsel. You’ll need to gather solid evidence and have the proper documentation for the court hearing. An attorney can help you prepare for these hearings and represent you.
At Rigden Law, Alexandra Rigden provides empathetic and experienced counsel to those navigating domestic violence cases.
Contact Rigden Law for a Consultation
If you are a victim of or have been accused of domestic violence, Alexandra Rigden will provide support and representation throughout the process. Rigden Law proudly serves the South Jersey area.